What We Learnt - Broncos vs Bulldogs

20 July 2017
Written By: 
Magical McCullough, Mighty Moga

The Brisbane Broncos put the Canterbury Bulldogs to the sword at Suncorp Stadium tonight as they restricted the Sydney-siders to just one try in each half, winning 42-12. 

Andrew McCullough got off to a flyer making a bunch of tackles before making a break up the middle and laying on a try to Tautau Moga. It wasn't until the 53rd minute that the clock finally overtook McCullough's score. The second half was a bit of a Bronco's try-fest of which McCullough wasn't too involved so his score suffered as the Brisbanites had very little defence to do. He would finish on 61* points that included only 32 tackles which is his second lowest tackle count of the season (31 tackles in 58 minutes in round 11). He's a perfect sidekick to Cameron Smith for the remainder of the season.

Moga also had a solid game, scoring the first Bronco's try and making a big break which lead to 49* points. Anyone that held him will be very thankful for his efforts the last two weeks. I, myself was thinking I was stuck with him for the remainder of the season but if he continues to play like tonight I won't be too displeased.

James Roberts scored a second half double around some tiring Bulldogs defense to bump his score up to 54*. He'll be priced around $370k next week and if has a strong run home, could be slightly undervalued for anyone looking for a POD for the run home (6.55% owned).

Kodi Nikorima enjoyed his switch to fullback and scored a try, ran for 140 metres and had 5 tackle busts to be rewarded with 47* points. With Darius Boyd likely to return next week, it is likely that Nikorima be relegated to the bench (at best) for the remainder of the season. But don't be surprised if Bennett shakes things up with Anthony Milford (31*) and Ben Hunt (35*) both having reasonably quiet games.

Aiden Tolman was subjected to some rather low minutes (56) this week and as such only managed 45* points. Obviously it's still a great PPM so if he can get another bump in games that the Bulldogs have a chance, he should get back to some decent scoring.

Moses Mbye was another to come under the spotlight in recent times with three 57+ scores in a row but he returned a very disappointing 25* to anyone that bought him this week.

One score I completely missed on the first pass was Josh McGuire's highly disappointing 24*. Let us also not forget that this included a try. McGuire made a surprisingly low 12 tackles and missed 3 in 49 minutes which is very very low. I know a few people that had to trade Trent Merrin were targetting him as someone who could produce some decent scores for a cheaper price tag. Unfortunately, McGuire has started the run home very poorly.

*All scores are pre-updates and were correct at time of writing.
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